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Forum: Engine / Drive Train Yesterday, 10:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 136
Posted By FrankSchwab
Is it possible that the port/starboard engine...

Is it possible that the port/starboard engine mounts are slightly different lengths, and if you swap them you'll be in good shape?
Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 01:26 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 651
Posted By FrankSchwab
The tie-downs really hold the trailer onto the...

The tie-downs really hold the trailer onto the boat, not vice-versa (the boat generally outweighs the trailer by a factor of 2 to 4). So you only have to worry about the 1000 pounds that your...
Forum: Off Topic Discussion 04-13-2014, 12:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 399
Posted By FrankSchwab
Interesting paper...

Interesting paper (http://www.distraction.gov/research/PDF-Files/Driver-Distraction-Commercial-Vehicle-Operations.pdf) suggests that texting makes you 23 times more likely to be in an accident, and...
Forum: Trailers 04-13-2014, 11:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 171
Posted By FrankSchwab
This. I cheated and made my own (doesn't look...

This.

I cheated and made my own (doesn't look nearly as purty as theirs does, however). But a 1/4" aluminum plate cut to size with 8 holes in it is the best way to adapt the old to the new bolt...
Forum: General / Other 04-13-2014, 02:40 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 265
Posted By FrankSchwab
I've been through the brakes on mine a couple of...

I've been through the brakes on mine a couple of times. Let me know if you want any pointers (drums, right?).
Forum: General Discussion 04-11-2014, 01:07 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 486
Posted By FrankSchwab
Is your dealer smarter than Indmar? There's...

Is your dealer smarter than Indmar? There's absolutely no reason to go outside the engine recommendations.

Run 15w-40 in the engine and tranny (makes life easier). Delo and Rotella make great...
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 04-10-2014, 11:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 118
Posted By FrankSchwab
Amazingly enough, this is the second time in 2...

Amazingly enough, this is the second time in 2 minutes that I've posted this:
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 04-10-2014, 11:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 83
Posted By FrankSchwab
Could be ATF, could be 15w-40 motor oil. See...

Could be ATF, could be 15w-40 motor oil. See attached.
Forum: General Discussion 04-10-2014, 11:07 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 486
Posted By FrankSchwab
Could be ATF, could be 15w-40 engine...

Could be ATF, could be 15w-40 engine oil.

Mastercraft had some complaints about "rattling" in the V-Drive transmissions at idle, and worked with Indmar and Hurth to find a solution. They published...
Forum: General Discussion 03-31-2014, 11:58 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,620
Posted By FrankSchwab
Yup. It's a great all-around boat. Up until...

Yup. It's a great all-around boat.

Up until '97, the Maristars had a different hull - the swimdeck was integrated into the fiberglass (no Teak). Made the interiors a bit smaller, but otherwise a...
Forum: General Discussion 03-31-2014, 08:18 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 649
Posted By FrankSchwab
Excellent - I was planning on a similar upgrade...

Excellent - I was planning on a similar upgrade to my (nearly) identical boat this winter but didn't get to it.

Where did you get the latches from?
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 03-31-2014, 03:44 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 124
Posted By FrankSchwab
You'll need the white gasket for the front plate....

You'll need the white gasket for the front plate. The first time you do it, you'll need at least one of the screws 'cause you'll likely break one (it's really hard to convince yourself not to...
Forum: General Discussion 03-30-2014, 11:28 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 334
Posted By FrankSchwab
2000 hours seems to be a consensus on engine life...

2000 hours seems to be a consensus on engine life for a marine engine; some go further, some go less, but that's probably the number to work with. Call it the equivalent of 200,000 miles in a...
Forum: Trailers 03-30-2014, 11:22 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 619
Posted By FrankSchwab
This is a drum brake setup, right? You have the...

This is a drum brake setup, right?

You have the same bearings as mine; so I'm wondering if it is exactly the same. The hub/drum on mine is a UFP HD-1750; they're $150 or so to replace. However, is...
Forum: What is this boat worth? 03-28-2014, 08:00 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 2,594
Posted By FrankSchwab
It's a nice looking boat; you'd have a good time...

It's a nice looking boat; you'd have a good time in it.

Cautions: Have a mechanic inspect the engine and transmission (check for water in the oil, check compression, run it at power on the water,...
Forum: General Discussion 03-23-2014, 12:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 424
Posted By FrankSchwab
Hitting them with the boat always loosens mine...

Hitting them with the boat always loosens mine up; even when the bolts are tight.
Forum: General / Other 03-23-2014, 12:25 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 250
Posted By FrankSchwab
Even with an extended pylon, I don't think I'd...

Even with an extended pylon, I don't think I'd put anyone in the backseat. The rope would be barely over their head; any slack would still loop the rope around their necks.

Does your boat have a...
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 03-11-2014, 11:16 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 573
Posted By FrankSchwab
TRBenj and I have no disagreement; I agree with...

TRBenj and I have no disagreement; I agree with everything he's said, and I think he did an excellent job describing the "Right Way" for getting the strut/shaft set.

Spievy79 - I don't know what the...
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 03-10-2014, 10:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 573
Posted By FrankSchwab
For the forward/backward position of the engine,...

For the forward/backward position of the engine, you're going to have to find another 1987 Ski Supreme to measure from. Alternately, place the engine back in at the locations you measured...
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 03-10-2014, 01:57 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 631
Posted By FrankSchwab
No, 15/50 wouldn't necessarily run cooler. ...

No, 15/50 wouldn't necessarily run cooler.

Assuming that the engine is designed for 15w/40, 15/50 won't flow through the engine as well as a 15/40, and won't necessarily lubricate tight clearances...
Forum: Engine / Drive Train 03-10-2014, 12:46 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 631
Posted By FrankSchwab
Use what the manufacturer recommends. Using...

Use what the manufacturer recommends. Using thicker oil on a stressed engine is a very 1970's set of mechanic's wisdom. If the manufacturer recommends 0w-20, use 0w-20. If they recommend 15w-40,...
Forum: General Discussion 03-10-2014, 12:41 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,698
Posted By FrankSchwab
Seems like a good time to get together and...

Seems like a good time to get together and properly extend some of those launch ramps....
Forum: General Discussion 03-04-2014, 11:19 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,459
Posted By FrankSchwab
skidim.com is good for an impeller. Also, if it...

skidim.com is good for an impeller. Also, if it were me, I'd replace the belt also if it's 15 years old.
Forum: General / Other 03-02-2014, 10:49 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,276
Posted By FrankSchwab
I am not a mechanical design engineer, but all my...

I am not a mechanical design engineer, but all my years of backyard wrenching say that blackhawk is right.

Assuming that the threads in the plate are worn (and it's not just the bolt), then just...
Forum: Trailers 03-02-2014, 12:04 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,131
Posted By FrankSchwab
"wench post"? I've seen some movies that had...

"wench post"? I've seen some movies that had those...
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